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The Kirkstone

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Nearest Town:Ambleside (5km SSW)
OS Ref (GB):   NY402086 / Sheet: 90
Latitude:54° 28' 8.39" N
Longitude:   2° 55' 22.05" W

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Visited 24.7.13

On the side of the A592 just north of Ambleside.
Left hand side when travelling north.

The Kirkstone is easily seen on a rise above the road. There are several lay-bys you can pull into but the best place to park is a dedicated car park just north of the stone. Access is then via a ‘path’ up the hill – short steep walk.

The Kirkstone is approximately 3.5m tall x 3m wide (it looks bigger from the road)
From the stone there are fantastic views to be had to the north overlooking Brother’s Water.

This is definitely a place worth stopping off for – for the views alone if nothing else.
Posted by CARL
7th August 2013ce


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"... They saw, adventurously impelled,
And older eyes than theirs beheld,
This block--and yon, whose church-like frame
Gives to this savage Pass its name.
Aspiring Road! that lov'st to hide
Thy daring in a vapoury bourn,
Not seldom may the hour return
When thou shalt be my guide:..."

Taken from the Poem The Pass of Kirkstone
By William Wordsworth
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
4th August 2006ce

"The obelisk shaped stone is reputed to be the origin of the name of the pass because of it's resemblance in profile to a church roof."

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fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
19th September 2003ce